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PE police seize cocaine and tik worth R450 000 in early morning raids

Jun 21, 2018
PE police seize cocaine and tik worth R450 000 in early morning raids

The police‘s unrelenting efforts to ensure a drug free society has yielded positive results when six alleged drug traffickers were arrested during  the early hours of Thursday morning.

"The year-long investigation by the EC Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit in Port Elizabeth and Provincial Crime Intelligence culminated in the successful arrests of the foreigners," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The suspects, aged between 29 and 46 years old, will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of dealing in drugs on 13 separate cases in the Humewood and Mount Road areas."

She said that at one of the suspect’s house in Walmer, police confiscated tik and crack cocaine with an estimated street value of over R450 000.

"A further 12 rounds of .22 ammunition and two passports were confiscated. Further charges of dealing in drugs, illegal possession of ammunition and possession of falsified documents will be added to his two cases of dealing in drugs," Col Naidu said.

The Provincial Commissioner for Eastern Cape, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, has welcomed these arrests.

"Arresting these peddlers is of paramount importance, however it must be stressed that the even greater need is to arrest and shut down the manufacturers and suppliers of these drugs," she said.

"The confiscation of these drugs and the arrests is certain to have an adverse effect on their trade in Port Elizabeth as well as in the Province. These operations are not the first and are certainly is not the last to be held and such operations will be timed and strategically executed. There is no place in our Province for drug havens."